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Friday, January 25, 2013

Anti-abortion march in Washington today; Catholics upset that Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren't people

Hundreds of thousands expected at the annual March for Life

From the piece:

Nellie Gray, who had led the anti-abortion demonstrators every year since the Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion in 1973, died in August at age 88.

"We want to appeal to the younger crowd, so we made big changes," Monahan said. "We shortened the program from longer than two hours to an hour, picked speakers who are more engaging and we are deeply engaging social media."

According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, 37% of Americans do not know thatRoe v. Wade dealt with the issue of abortion. Among the age group targeted by the March for Life, the number is higher — 57% of adults under age 30 don't know what the case is about.

Americans remain divided on abortion, according to a recent USA TODAY/Gallup Poll. Significantly more Americans — 53% to 29% — want the decision kept in place rather than overturned. Another 18% have no opinion, the highest level of uncertainty Gallup has recorded on the issue.

Catholic hospital under fire for arguing that fetuses aren't people

From the piece:

William Donahoe of the Catholic League lashed out at the hospital on CNN this morning, saying they should be stripped of their Catholic status and that anyone who defies the "natural law" of the Church just to save money is a "harlot." Local bishops have promised to review the case, with the Archbishop of Denver saying in a statement that, "No Catholic institution may legitimately work to undermine fundamental human dignity." When some Catholic hospitals are attacked for refusing to perform abortions, and others for refusing to save the unborn, there's simply no side of this issue that won't bring anger down upon the Church.


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